Pink Carnation series

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The Lure of the Moonflower

It's always a sad day when a long-running series comes to an end, especially one I've enjoyed as much as Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. And with The Lure of the Moonflower Ms Willig has done her fans proud and brings the series to a close o ...

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The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

With just one book remaining in Ms. Willig’s Pink Carnation series, I find myself savoring each new entry. So I’ll have to admit I was less than enthusiastic when I heard that Sally Fitzhugh is the historical heroine for The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. The Mischief of the Mistletoe, Sally ...

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The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

Reading the latest installment in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series is a pleasure I savor each summer. It was no different this year, and The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla proved a charming read. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime ...

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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

I absolutely loved this book. I’m woefully behind on the Pink Carnation series, but I jumped at the chance to review this one, not least because it has rather a USP (Unique Selling Point) in the genre – namely that the hero and heroine are of more mature years (he’s fifty-four, she’s forty-f ...

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The Garden Intrigue

We are now on the ninth book of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, which is almost hard to believe, given that I remember buying the first one however many years ago that was. Looking back, it’s interesting to see how the series has evolved, both in terms of story and in Ms. Willig’s writi ...

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The Orchid Affair

The Pink Carnation series is one that I have been following with great pleasure for a number of years, but, as much as I have been enjoying the protagonists’ adventures in England, Ireland, and India, I was somewhat disappointed that after the first volume the action never returned to Napoleon’s ...

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The Mischief of the Mistletoe

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I’ll say this for the art department at Dutton: They have some serious love for Lauren Willig. Her covers are always attractive, but the one on The Mischief of the Mistletoe is absolutely stunning. Periodically I would find myself lost in a daze and realize I was doing it, again - staring at the c ...

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The Masque of the Black Tulip

I have not had much success with New Year's resolutions in recent years. I followed up a goal to "scrapbook more" with not scrapbooking at all, then failed dismally when I vowed to clean out my e-mail in-box (if you've been waiting for me to reply to you since August 2007, you have plenty of company ...

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The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

With this latest installment in the Pink Carnation series, Lauren Willig takes us beyond the front lines of the Napoleonic Wars, off to British India. Penelope Staines, nee Deveraux, has always been a flirt, but when word gets out that she was unsupervised in a bedroom alone with Lord Frederick, ...